|08-25-2013 10:54 PM|
I completely missed your thread about Wolfy - I'm so sorry.
My husband grew up with shepherds, but our first together was Sneaker, who lived to 14-1/2, in relative good health. After that our luck was not so good. We had to put Cassidy to sleep at a few months past her 4th birthday after battling discospondylitis for over a year and a half. We lost Dena to lymphoma 3 weeks past her 4th birthday.
Keefer, Dena's half brother, turned 8 years old today. He's doing fine, but it's sad that he's our oldest shepherd since Sneaker, who died in 2000. I'd love it if he made it as long or longer than Sneaker, but who knows? Halo will be 5 in November, and she's doing great too. Her grand-sire recently died at 14 years old, so I'm hoping she's got his good healthy longevity genes.
|08-25-2013 10:39 PM|
|KristiM||I was so sad to read about WD I know exactly where you are coming from. I have a 4 year old GSD that is issue free (for now, knock on wood) and a 2 year old GSD with more problems than I can keep count of. From what I've seen in person a "no issue" GSD is not all that common and it's what has pushed me away from the breed. I'm not sure I will ever own another...that being said I still fully believe that there is nothing better than a GOOD German Shepherd. I personally feel like I can't risk another one though. I just feel like they are so prone, to so many things that having an issue free GSD is kinda like winning the lottery. Sorry I don't have anything more positive to say I just read your thread about WD the other day and it made me so sad. It's really too bad this breed isn't more hardy.|
|08-25-2013 06:57 PM|
|gsdlover91||So sorry WD, this makes me so sad. I hope you find it in your heart again one day to share your life with one of these awesome dogs. I know how it feels, and understand why you arent ready. I dont think I would be either. The health issues of this breed has severely tainted my image of them as well. I am terrified of something terrible happening. Seems almost like, getting one of these dogs, whether you go about it the right way or not, is a huge gamble. Unfortunate, but true. Take it easy, WD.|
|08-25-2013 06:21 PM|
|wolfy dog||I have noticed Truehaus. Looks like a good breeder and great looking dogs. I think I have to let go of my plans for a new pup for a while. I am very worried about the health of the breed. I thought I had it all figured out when I "found" WD. I am too afraid to go through that heartache again. Most likely will go for a young adult shelter dog and maybe later check out the GSDs again. I miss the long walks, agility and everything we did together. Not sure if I will be active on the forum for a while, maybe here and there. My sincere thanks to all of you for your support and kind words. Enjoy your dogs.|
|08-25-2013 04:34 PM|
|Freestep||Oh, and True Haus in Northern CA has some dogs with Czech lineage.|
|08-25-2013 04:18 PM|
I've had both healthy, worry-free GSDs and GSDs that had problems.
GSD #1 (actually, most likely a mix) totally healthy and worry free, except for flea allergy. Had a cantaloupe-sized benign tumor removed at age 12. Suspect she had DM toward the end of life. Lived to age 16.
GSD #2 had severe hip dysplasia.
GSD #3 was totally healthy and worry free until she developed cancer and died at age 4.
GSD #4 was totally healthy and worry free.
GSD #5 was totally healthy and worry free until diagnosed with Pannus at age 7. Controlled with medication, it was never a problem. She died at age 12 of osteosarcoma.
So yes, it is possible. But GSDs do seem to have health issues, it's something that reputable breeders are trying hard to eradicate.
|08-25-2013 03:22 PM|
I've had four German Shepherds over 19 years, three we got in Germany from a nice small breeder, one rescue. The rescue only lived a few months.
My first Shepherd, Asja, was very healthy, not even any hip problems, no limping, nothing, until she developed osteosarcoma at 12.5 years old. With treatment she lived to 13.5.
Boris was pretty healthy until he was stricken with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever at 11 years old. It took him months to recover from that, only he then developed hemangiosarcoma, which my vets attributed at least partially to the RMSF (blood-borne infection, blood cancer linked?). He died just before 12.
Bonni is now 8.5 and in great health, never had any problems.
|08-25-2013 01:51 PM|
|Andaka||I have had several dogs of my breeding (ASL) live good long lives with little or no health problems. Right now, I have two sisters that are 12, and they have a half sister that is 14.|
|08-25-2013 12:31 AM|
|Stevenzachsmom||My Annie lived until age 14. Yes, DM hit her, but it was really late in life. She was 13 and went down hill that last year. Otherwise, she had no health issues her entire life. She was a shelter dog that I adopted at the age of 2. Sometimes, it is just the luck of the draw I think.|
|08-24-2013 11:40 PM|
Storm is... but then again, she's only 1.5 years old. I can't say what's going to happen down the road in a few years or so. Hopefully nothing, but, it's never a guarantee.
Otherwise, out of my 3, she's the only perfectly healthy one.
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